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This Week’s Readings


What have you been reading lately? I recently took this Instagram pic to show my current library books. (Note: I also buy a good amount of books, especially by new authors, but the NYPL truly has ANY BOOK you could imagine. It is magical.) I’m about 80% of the way through the first draft of my current novel, which has a decidedly feminist/political undercurrent. You can probably see this in some of my reading choices (The Worst of Times: Illegal Abortion—Survivors, Practitioners, Coroners Talk about its Horrors; The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion).

One of the coolest things about writing fiction is the ability to throw in whatever fascinates you, and then seeing how those interests intertwine to form your characters/plot and themes. For this book, I’ve been ponderin’ the following: mothers/daughters, celebrityism in the digital age, fundamental Christianity, and women’s reproductive rights. There’s a still lot of writing and editing to be done, but I’m quite excited about it.

This week in readings: Franklin Park, Literary BFFs, bookshop talk, Christopher Bram, and a tribute to Louise Glück.

This week, the Franklin Park Reading Series features Christine Schutt, Paula Bomer, Dan Josefson, Mitchell S. Jackson, and Sonja Sholklapper. [FRANKLIN PARK BAR]

Largehearted Boy blogger David Gutowski runs the series Literary BFFs. This time, Eliot Shrefer (Endangered) will chat with bud David Levithan (Every Day). [MCNALLY JACKSON]

Bookshopped: Folk from the Strand, McNally Jackson, Book Court and Word will gather to discuss literature, retail strategies, and the inner-workings of bookstores. [ISA]

Novelist Christopher Bram will read from his new book, Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America.  [BUREAU OF GENERAL SERVICES]

Louise Glück will read from her upcoming collection Poems 1962-2012, along with poets Frank Bidart, Dana Levin, Robert Pinsky, Peter Streckfus, and Ellen Bryant Voigt. [THERESA LANG CENTER]